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they are gearing up now to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones who are now serving in iraq. one of the nation's longest wars will be over by the end of the year and nearly 39,000 troops will be heading home. the iraq war years ago and president barack obama says it is now time to end it. >> we've already removed more than 100,000 troops and iraqi forces have taken fumble responsibility for the security of their own country. >> the next couple of months will be filled with welcome home ceremonies as the troops start leaving iraq. but for those who have lost sons and daughters, mothers and fathers in iraq, it is bittersweet. our affiliate wgn has reaction from some families and troops in chicago. >> this one picture in the house. >> reporter: every wall in this home in rogers park is covered with pictures and paintings of
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army corporal who was killed in iraq three years ago. his parents had mixed reaction. they are relieved for families of troops currently serving in iraq but regretful the full withdrawal didn't happen sooner. >> it's too late for my son. it's too late. >> reporter: fighting back tears, he recalls the moment he found out his son had been killed and said no family should ever have to experience that kind of pain. his message to the troops that finally get to come home? >> they are the luckiest people in the world. they are very lucky. my son was not lucky. >> reporter: soldiers we spoke to serving in the international guard were also happy about the announcement. >> it's a good feeling. >> specialist served in iraq 10 months. >> you know a lot of people sill serving over there? >> currently my sister unit is over there. they took over for us when we
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left. they are, from what i hear, doing a great job. >> reporter: more reaction from families serving in the illinois national guard, sandy holtz son from hanover park returned home from his second deployment to iraq last month. >> i'm very happy because a lot of families will be thankful their soldiers are coming home. we put out a sacrifice as well. our children aren't home during holidays, home with us getting on with their lives. we're glad. we're glad they are all coming home. so two major turn of events for the u.s. military this week. the president's decision to officially end the war in iraq and nato scaling back operations in libya after the death of moammar gadhafi. athena jones standing by at the white house. tell us more about whether the white house is releasing any information about the immediacy of this troop withdrawal in iraq
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first. >> hi, fred. you know, the withdrawal is going on right now. there's still 39,000 more troops to come out over the next couple of months. they have withdrawn 1.6 million pieces of equipment. there's another 800,000 or so pieces of equipment to go. we're talking about a massive operation. we don't have a list of exactly the infantry divisions that are expected home on what date but i can tell you what's going on right now and most people are supposed to be out by the end of the year. >> so athena, is the white house torn at all between responding to what americans want versus iraq's stability and if this is the best time and thing to do. >> reporter: it's sbng you say that, fredricka. on the one hand the president sees this as making a promise during the campaign. he ran on the idea we need to wind down on the war in iraq to focus more on the war effort in afghanistan. it's not necessarily a matter of what the public wants.
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we know support for the war in iraq, opposition has risen a great deal since 2003, up to 69% of people oppose the war now. at the same time this december 31st, 2001, date was set by security agreements reached during the bush administration back in 2008. so in many ways, this is part of the president fulfilling a commitment that was made by a previous administration, it just happens to also come inside with his promise to bring the war to a responsible end. >> okay. now let's turn to libya. is the white house saying anything about whether the way in which this operation ended. is it all what the white house had envisioned? >> i think certainly on some level the white house sees this as a vindication for the president's approach. you'll remember he came under a lot of criticism several months back when this operation began for leading from behind. there were questions about whether this was in the u.s.'s
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national interest. he gave a speech to the national defense university here and talked about why it's important for the u.s. not to see a massacre happen. let me know some of the sound he talked about this morning in the weekly address on libya. >> in libya, our brave pilots and crews helped prechbtd a massacre, save countless lives and give libyan people the chance to prevail without putting a single u.s. service member on the ground. we achieved our objectives. soon our nato mission will come to a successful end. >> and so that nato mission is to end this month. as far as the white house sees it, their approach worked in this case, fredricka. >> all right, athena jones, thanks so much from washington. moammar gadhafi's death is pivotal for libya and other middle eastern countries including fran. fareed zakaria had an exclusive
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interview. >> moammar gadhafi is dead. what is your reaction to the news of his death? [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: i wish everybody would respect justice, freedom. there was no need for any conflict or clash? in the beginning the recommend dialogue between the two parties but they did not pay attention to our recommendations. of course nato intervention was effective in exacerbating the conflict. >> so that's iran's president ahmadinejad speaking. watch the full interview 10:00 p.m. eastern and 1:00 p.m. eastern. all right. let's talk politics now. the republican presidential candidates are reacting as well to gadhafi's death.
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joe johns has that view. >> reporter: pattern, perhaps. republicans running for white house praising elimination of yet another bad guy in yesterday another country. so far this time at least they were kind of quiet about whether the guy they want to run out of office should get any of the credit. >> the world is a better place with gadhafi gone. >> rick perry when asked about gadhafi talked about what's next, the need to move to elections and democracy in libya and securing gadhafi's weapons. jon huntsman called it positive news but just one step, though he was once sharply critical of the administration's decision to get involved. >> no defined exit strategy. what are we doing. >> reporter: as for michele bachmann seems incredible for a member of the house intelligence committee. she suggested in the cnn debate that she didn't know where libya is though took issue with the money u.s. spent there. >> defense spending is on the table. but again, anderson, now with
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the president, he put us in libya. he's now putting us in africa. we already were stretched too thin and he put our special operations forces in africa. >> reporter: libya is in africa, by the way, north africa. when bachmann was speaking here, she was apparently talking about the administration's recent decision to send 100 troops to uganda in west africa to deal with a notorious gang of thugs called lords resistance army. but putting geography issues aside bachmann was sharply critical of the administration's position on libya from the very start. >> our policy in libya is substantially flawed. >> i believe that it was wrong for the president to go into libya. >> reporter: sentiments echoed by presidential candidate ron paul who even asked how many dictators the president is planning on taking out. >> there are a lot of bad people in the world. does he want to do that in every dictatorship in the country. >> herman cain tweeted after the death of gadhafi that the question now is what's next.
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former house speaker newt beginning relationship that supported and opposed the administration's libya policy on occasion. cnn, washington. the crown prince sultan of saudi arabia has died in a new york hospital. he was defense minister and in line for the throne. he was also one of the most visible members of the royal family. the prince was thought to be in his 80s. the saudi government says he died from an illness but they wouldn't be specific. he had reportedly battled cancer. a criminal posing as a doctor, brings a frightening twist to house call. also details on a shake-up by michele bachmann's staff on the campaign trail next. you don't , you feel it. ♪ do you believe in magic? ♪ ♪ it's magic ♪ [ male announcer ] it's a comfort that comes from the only caramel
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turning now to the race for the white house and an event in iowa that nearly all the republican presidential candidates are attending conservative faith and freedom in des moines. noticeably absent front-runner mitt romney. shannon travis live from des moines now. why isn't romney there? >> reporter: that seems to be the question of the hour. i spent the better part of the day yesterday trying to put that question to the romney campaign. let me tell you why organizers of the event think he isn't coming. steve sheffler, president of the iowa state freedom organization that's putting this on. he believes mitt romney isn't comfortable in this setting. when i pressed him about this setting, he said a setting of
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social and economic conservatives. take a look at this quote. tell me what there is to fear about coming to this event making their case talking about romney there. why have the six other candidates accepted and the perceived front-runner decided to come. after that steve sheffler answered his own question. listen to this, fred. apparently romney doesn't want to be in a setting with social and economic conservatives. i pressed him and said, hey, mitt romney has gone to large gatherings of social conservatives before. two weeks ago he was at the values voters summit. steve sheffler said, it's not iowa. if he wants to win the caucus or general election in iowa, he will need to come here and have face time with these evangelical christians, about 1,000 of which will be at this event. >> are his folks commenting about faith and freedom coalition, talk about christians and his faith as a mormon has become a lightning rod in some
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circles and perhaps that has a lot to do with his not being there. >> you're absolutely right. it has become a lightning rod. his campaign is largely mum on why they are not attending this event. in fairness he has been to these kinds of large gathers of social conservatives before but they are not talking about why he is coming to this. some people are speculating that mitt romney is going after economic conservatives even disgruntled democrats here in iowa and leaving this core group of evangelicals split up among rick perry, michele bachmann and maybe even herman cain. >> okay. so michele bachmann is there. she was the winner of the iowa straw poll. she's also been spending a lot of time even since that straw poll in iowa. what does she have to say during this event today? >> well, she has to basically continue to reiterate her
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message, her message of economic, fiscal conservatism to this group. also she has to continue to stress her social bona fides, because that's what this group will want to hear, fred. >> what's going on with her staff shake-up. >> yeah, she's got a little bit of a staff shake-up in new hampshire. we are reporting one of her staffers is leaving to go to work for rick perry in new hampshire. wmur is reporting all five of her paid staffers will soon be leaving. >> shannon travis with a whole lot of movement going on as it pertains to the candidates in the race for the white house. every sunday 4:00 eastern time we donate an entire hour to the presidential contenders in the 2012 election. don't miss it. meantime, the names of every juror in the casey anthony trial about to be made public whether they like it or not. our legal guys weigh in on the implications of that especially as it pertains to high-profile cases. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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>> i'm coming from savannah, georgia, which is what some consider to be the most haunted city. currently outside the colonial park cemetery final resting place of souls. what better place to be to get into the halloween spirit. if you're searching for chills, the first step is to see if your destination like the city of savannah is truly haunted. >> what makes a haunted city? >> savannah has got a lot of tragic events that happen here. fires, fevers, plagues, wars, that spurs a lot of hauntings. one of the best ways to connect with the history is to go on a ghost tour. >> what advice. >> if you let the story tellers words have an effect on you you can experience what happened years ago. >> have a ding, in the past. >> if you have a nonbreakable cup 16 ounces or less, pick it
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up from a bar and take your spirits with you on the streets as you learn about spirits. >> reporter: if you're looking to extend your fright all night long, search for hotels or bed and breakfast with an erie past. >> you can even call and ask if they have a haunted room. >> reporter: don't just watch the moving the shining before your trip. jurors in the conrad murray trial are about to hear from the defense. find out who just might take the stand first when our legal guys join us right after the break. there they are. they are ready to go.
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conrad murray's involuntary manslaughter trial takes a major turn next week when the defense presents its case to the jury.
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prosecutors wrapped up their presentation this week with compelling and potentially damaging testimony from an anesthesiology expert. let's bring in our legal guys avery friedman, civil rights attorney and law professor in cleveland. hello. >> hi, fredricka. >> criminal defense attorneys joining us from las vegas, richard herman. good to see you as well. richard, you first. we heard from dr. steven shafer, the jurors, everybody who was watching it. they heard from him. he talked about the kind of system that dr. conrad murray created to get this propofol to not just drip but almost pour into the body of michael jackson. how damaging was that? >> well, when you're on the prosecution's case and you're let with the questions and you do what you've practiced to do in front of the jury, it comes across very compelling, fred. the great equalizer of
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cross-examination takes over. what we find early in the cross-examination of dr. shafer is that the setup he used in front of the jury to demonstrate the cords and wires which made up the iv was improper. it was not as it was depicted in the room with michael jackson. so premise number one is wrong, he gave compelling testimony, he was a powerful witness for the prosecution's case. let's get the defense case. let's not jump to conclusions like everyone did in casey anthony. >> he wasn't there, only michael jackson and the doctor were there. as we've heard from previous testimony, conrad murray had everything moved out of the room. who would know exactly how it was set up. actually is that a pretty strong point, avery? you were shaking your head no in disagreement. that does kind of set up, perhaps, the defense has to come up with something to say, let's try and knock that testimony down. how will they do that?
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>> that's all they are going to be able to do. let me tell you something. the jurors were enraptured with the way he testified. he talked about farm pharmacological never never land. he used science to take it back to june 2009 and demonstrate if dr. murray was simply monitoring breathing, monitoring what was going on, he would know what to do. that was the very time he was talking to his girlfriend. very compelling testimony. i agree, time to put the defense on. no way to minimize the significance. >> you were part of this defense team. what's the first type of witness you're going to bring to testify to try to recreate in the minds of the jurors what may or may not have happened? >> well, you can't put on dr.
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murray. he's never going to take the stand at this point. that will not happen. the best they have was dr. paul white, a colleague of dr. shafer's. he's going to try to paint a different picture. that's all the defense has. we've had cardiologist, sleep expert, that's all they have left. >> richard, how would you see it. if you were on the defense team, who would you need to bring to paint a new picture for jurors. >> i'm going to shift the focus in defense to show the jurors just how strung out and just how bad michael jackson was taking propofol for some 40 years, addicted to pain meds. >> the victim's fault. >> i'm going to put it on him and i'm going to say, you know, we're not going to blame conrad murray for this person. we don't know what happened in that room when murray stepped out of the room. the jurors don't know. if they pause to hesitate on
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that question, that's reasonable doubt. you can't convict. >> let's talk about high-profile cases. oftentimes you have high-profile case, you have jurors, they are sequestered. not in the case of dr. murray but in the case of casey anthony. they were concerned about anonymity. they wanted that preserved. the judge said i'm going to preserve that for you so people aren't hunting you down after the verdict. now in the casey anthony case come tuesday that protection is being lifted. how might this impact later high-profile cases? does the judge keep anonymity in perpetuity or is this how it pans out, the judge says, okay, there is a cooling off period. >> no there's no perpetuity here, fred. there's not in any courtroom in the united states. these names get released to the public. that's just how it is. judge belvin perry made that period of time last a little
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longer because there were mental cases in orlando threatening to do everything under the sun with these jurors. these jurors did their job and did it well. anybody who goes after them or harasses them is going to violate the law and be prosecuted. most jurors in high-profile cases they want to get their names in the press because they make money about it. that's what it's about. >> ten seconds, is it the discretion of the jurors to continue to try to protect their secrecy? that's it. their names are out there. they are not going to be able to avoid any kind of press or anybody else, right? >> that's right. that's right. i mean, chief judge perry did a wonderful job in talking about casey anthony and the case devolving into cheap soap opera entertainment. that wound up 5.5 million
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viewers watching the verdict on hln. >> interesting. >> the bottom line, the jurors have no control, the judge does. don't be surprised to see a slight extension. ultimately there is no secrecy. >> all right. thanks so much. we'll see you again in a few minutes, gentlemen, because we're going to talk about lindsay lohan, second chance, community service. what's happening with that. we'll talk about that a little bit later. also ahead we look at the best way to pay for college tuition. in america, we believe in a future that is better than today. since 1894, ameriprise financial has been working hard for their clients' futures.
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again. i'm very thankful for the job that him and all his fellow soldiers have done for us. >> time to bring them home and time to come home to their families. they shouldn't have to be over there. >> especially coming home around the holiday times, it's going to be great. >> we'll have more reaction straight ahead. meantime student loan debt talked a trillion dollars for the first time ever. it's the fastest growing debt right now. kids are graduating with a record amount of loans. people are wondering, is it worth it? how did you afford to save for it. christine romans reports. >> most aren't saving enough for college or starting early enough. it's easy to see why. you're already spending $227,000 to raise a kid from birth to 18. this according to the usda up 40% since 2000. that doesn't include the cost of college. that's 21,000 for a private four-year college room and board every year. the debate should be is college
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worth it, it should be how are you going to pay for it in a smart way. according to the government a worker with a college degree will make a million dollars more than one with high school. the graduation rate is 3.4%. >> they are going to require the college degree like a high school degree. you really absolutely need the degree. but what are you going to do wit and how are you going to pay for it is the important question. >> time is your best friend even saving a little when your kid is in diapers is better than taking out boat loads later. 529 help you to do this with tax breaks in some states. you don't have to save for all of the college and you shouldn't. you should save for your retirement, too. ulrich recommends saving a third, borrowing a third with student loans and scholarships and grants for the final third. research has this rule of thumb, don't borrow more loans than the graduate is expected to earn in
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the first year of working. an engineering major can tolerate more loans thank a social worker who will be paid less. that means choosing the right schools for finances and ambition, community college, state schools, private if you can afford it. for more to save on college and retirement at the same time check out the new book "smart is the new rich." christine romans, cnn, new york. moammar gadhafi and the link behind the bombing of flight 183 over lockerbie, scotland two decades ago straight ahead. the brother of a man killed on that flight speaks out. me menu n women men and uh pandas... elbows mmm [ male announcer ] wanchai ferry, try it yourself. [ woman on radio, indistinct ] ♪ bum-bum ♪ bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum ♪ ♪ ai, ai, ai ♪ bum-bum ♪ bum-bum, bum-bum ♪ [ ice rattles rhythmically ]
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a look at our top stories right now. one of america's longest and costliest wars is drawing to a close. president barack obama is ending the war in iraq. at the end of the year 39,000 men and women in uniform will be home for the holidays. >> i think it's wonderful. >> no better feeling in the world to know that you're fixing to go back home and get to reconnect. >> i think there is a time and a place for war, and i wasn't opposed to it when we were first there. i am happy to hear they will be coming home to their families. >> good to get them home. we just need to get them back from afghanistan now. it's basically transferring from one war to the next. the point is to get everybody
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back. >> after the pullout only a small number of u.s. troops, around 150 will be left in iraq to assist in arms sales. the worst flooding in half a century hit thailand. more than 113,000 people are in shelters and almost 400 have already died. the thai prime minister warned bangkok to brace for more flooding all triggered by months of monsoon. the burial of former libyan dictator moammar gadhafi is on hold. his body remains in cold storage. the united nations and two human rights groups want an investigation into his death. the national transitional council says its forces captured gadhafi alive but he was fatally shot in combat cross fire. others have suggested gadhafi may have been executed. so days after the death of moammar gadhafi, loved ones of the many who died in pan am flight 103 over lockerbie,
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scotland, have very strong feels. our cnn national correspondent susan candiotti discovered that. >> reporter: when you heard the news, what did you think? >> i was thrilled. i didn't expect to have that reaction. i've been dreaming about this for more than 20 years but it was always with the sense that you don't want to be the vengeful one that thinks i want my brother's murderer killed but in a way you do. >> flynn's big brother j.p. was coming home from christmas after studying abroad when a bomb killed 270 people over lockerbie, scotland. >> to you and to the other families, what did gadhafi represent? >> he was an unrepentant murderer of these innocent kids coming home for christmas. he did represent the essence of evil to us. >> we showed him video of gadhafi's body for the first time. >> it's too bad they couldn't kill him more than once. >> on a personal front what are
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your reflections on this day about your brother? >> i remember promising my brother that i wouldn't let it go unanswered, that i would do what i could to get him. i definitely believe i've honored him and fulfilled my promise by doing what i could. >> i look at his picture over your shoulder. >> yes. that's where he usually was, so it makes sense, a classic big brother. today i feel it. hopefully he's proud. >> reporter: susan candiotti, cnn, new york. a man allegedly posing as a doctor goes door to door offering free breast exams. details of this bizarre case when our legal guys return after this.
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all right. lindsay lohan found herself in trouble again this week. this time by her probation. avery friedman, richard herman in las vegas. you first, lindsay lohan didn't show up. two different versions, probation officer and morgue said she didn't show up in time for community service. she says she did but there was a
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communication error. so what did this bring her? >> it brought her what she wanted. she's getting no publicity. she's not in magazines. she can't sing, she can't ac, she can't do anything. she has to thumb her nose at the law and that's what she did. she's back in the limelight, new wardrobe, new everything. she's going to go to jail. as crazy as it is in california, they are going to put her in jail, probably a day or two and let her out again. it's the biggest, ridiculous thing eve seen. she continues to ignore the law. she's out of control. she's in the morgue now supposed by doing community service. that's where she's going to end up obviously soon. it's just ridiculous. >> avery, this does seem like a broken record. i feel like we have these conversations often involving lindsay lohan. how is it this keeps going object and on and on. this is kind of a broken record. how to there isn't a change
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whether it be the response on her end or the law's end. what's going on here? >> i think what you said is exactly right. i mean, any other normal person would be in jail right now. her argument was that she showed up for her second form of community service. she screwed up the first at the women's community center, to clean up at the morgue. it's an awful job but the appropriate one. she showed up late, claims the media blocked the way. now judge requires her posting $100,000 bond to keep her out. you know, let me tell you something. i actually saw her in a movie recently with robert de niro. she didn't do a bad job, to be honest with you. if someone can get their hands on her to get her help, i think it can be done. you're exactly right. other people go to jail for some reason. she keeps beating the system. sooner or later the time will be up unless she gets some help. >> no one disputes she's a
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talented actress. the problem is all this other stuff that has her going in and out of court. you know, i guess her brushes with the law. that just seems to take away from the talent she has. >> she's new for us every week, something new. >> when she was young she was a good actress. when she was young she was a good actress. she hasn't done anything. she's really pathetic. >> take it easy. >> let's talk about someone else whose acting skills were convincing. >> to a couple people. >> to a few people, enough to actually get himself into the homes of some people. this man apparently allegedly knocked on doors of some homes. he's 81 years old. he convinced a number of people he's a doctor and carried out allegedly some breast exams. now he got himself in trouble. richard, wait a minute, there's a plea deal involved. we don't know the details of the
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deal. apparently he did admit to this offense and now it's just a mystery as to what happens next. >> he was charged with nine counts including battery, impersonating a dr. he was facing 55 years in prison, this 81-year-old man. they cut him a deal where he's only going to get probation and pay a fine. he's running around fort lauderdale, knocking on doors. it's breast awareness month. the women's health initiative was also going door to door advising women of this. what's up with the women down there allowing this guy in their home to examine their breasts. >> he apparently was very convincing. >> holy smokes. >> he apparently was very convincing, avery. >> yeah. >> wait a minute, fredricka. >> what? >> you know what this guy does for a living? he's a shuttle guy for an auto dealership. he goes out and buys a little
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black bag and knocks on the door and puts on those grandpa glasses, or whatever those things are, and somehow these women are convinced. look, don't forget, we all know people who have suffered like this. they are vulnerable, they are looking for help. a guy comes to the door, frankly it was a foolish thing to do. let me tell you something, once they get this conviction, i want these women to go after this guy, 81 or not. he's a reptile. he should be accountable for what he did to this women. it really makes your blood boil what he's done here. a minor fine doesn't cut it. >> thanks so much, avery, richard. feels like we didn't have as much time as usual but we had so much going on. >> fred, don't believe t.j. that it's jet lag, the redness in his eyes. don't believe it, okay. >> you spent time in las vegas. you know the back story. >> i got to spend -- i got to spend time with fredricka,
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though, it all balances out. >> last week and next time your turn, richard. >> yes. >> halloween, it could be spooky and creepy, right, or really exciting. >> we'll see. >> all right. gentlemen, thanks so much. all right. players in slam-dunk contests, they will go to extremes sometimes to claim that top prize. we'll show you a player who puts his mom to the test. that's coming up. the "i'll slep when it's done" academic. for 80 years, we've been inspired by you. and we've been honored to walk with you to help you get where you want to be. ♪ because your moment is now. let nothing stand in your way. learn more at keller.edu.
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reynolds wolf with me now. moms usually say yes to just about everything. >> sure. >> in this viral video we see an interesting slam-dunk contest. this player decided to involve his home. there his mom is under the net. i think she knows what's coming. >> i hope so. >> this is at wagner college. wow. he jumped over his mom. used the shoulder to get a little extra edge. cleared mom there and also cleared the dunk. >> there's a razor's edge difference between success and failure. >> that's true. >> somehow he just missed by a half inch or so. here we go again. that could have gone so badly. >> she new tucker had it.
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it would have been ugly to knock over your mom purchase she could have hiccupped and it could of gone different. >> they must have rehearsed. >> a good mother moment. let's go to good weather moment. things are slowing down in the tropics. one thing happens to be an exception when you get to the atlantic basin. part of the atlantic basin, talking about this area, pocket where the national hurricane considers maybe probable for further development. 60% probability of becoming a larger system, perhaps named storm. look at weird lines, we call these spaghetti, spaghetti models, different variances of where it takes. nicaragua, honduras, yucatan peninsula. a few models, three right here,
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bring this into the gulf of mexico as we get into thursday at 12:00. a lot can happen between now and thursday. this could get much bigger, smaller, maybe perhaps even back to the east. watch it for you carefully. bottom line, a long way for the season to go before it ends up in november. very quickly, nice and sunny. chance of severe storms central and southern plains. a chance for rain in the highest elevations, maybe a snowflake, 80 in dallas, 78 san francisco, 56 in salgt wrapping it up in new york with 58 degrees. fred, your turn. >> fun stuff. you know what i forgot to mention. that was the madness before midnight contest. so you're doing that and pushing midnight. that's why it's viral. it's gone viral. 400,000 hits on youtube. thanks, reynolds. appreciate that. something else that caught intention, new jersey rocker
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feeding the hungry. how he's feeding those that can't afford to pay. a cnn executive opens up about his long trip homecoming up.
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rocker john bon jovi opened his soul kitchen in new jersey. customers pay what they can afford or volunteer in the kitchen for a free meal. >> the idea you go in and participate in some way, like i
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said, if it was cleaning the kitchen with us at the soup kitchen when we were running it out of there or working in our gardens here now that we're in our retail space. empowerment is what this is about. it's really important people participate in the solution. >> bon jovi says it's a restaurant whose time has come when one in five households are below the poverty level. he's an accomplished journalist whose reporting around the world helped him rise to become editor of newsweek magazine and nbc news executive and now director of cnn worldwide. add author to his body of work. in his book 'n' my long trip home" he reveals troubles as a kid in his biracial family and how his troubles with his alcoholic father was a journey in journalistic success. >> one has to wonder if you're
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as successful as you are because along the way you're overcompensating, replacing feelings of depression or feeling out of place or feeling disconnected with your father, working so hard at something else to kind of distance yourself from that pain. >> there's no question about that. but the interesting thing, fred, is that all those years i thought that i was constructing a life for myself as an adult by trying to avoid all the mistakes that my parents had made and do everything completely differently. but one of the things that i discovered in going back and reporting the story was that there was a lot of the sort of basis of the things i drew on as an adult that were actually there in the story. for all of their problems, my father's alcoholism, a lot of the dysfunction, there was always an emphasis on learning. both of my parents were scholars. obviously that's something i've drawn on in my career.
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there's also really stories of survival that go back to my granddad was born on a tenant farm in tech, the 13th son of a former slave made his way into steele plants in pittsburgh, became an undertaker. my grandmother was an incredibly strong person. a lot of the things i thought i was doing for myself to get away from the path actually had deep roots in the family story. >> more of my conversation with 'n' my long trip home" author. he reveals the multifaceted meaning behind that title, "my long trip home." election day in louisiana. the state holding the primary voters deciding whether bobby jindal gets to keep his job. omp. not nearly as complicated as shipping it, though. i mean shipping is a hassle. not with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. that is easy. best news i've heard all day! i'm soooo amped! i mean not amped. excited. well, sort of amped.
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